The recall includes all "best before" date codes up to and including March 2009. Both 250mL bottles and "oil from cask" are part of this recall. The following infused oil flavors are affected:
Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Garlic, Lime, Lemon, Chili
The company offered the following explanation:
A technical fault in the production of these products has led to a situation where some of the above products may contain a small amount of water which could lead to the growth of potentially dangerous bacteria.
Clostridium botulinum is capable of producing a deadly neurotoxin. Symptoms of botulism may include lassitude, weakness, vertigo, double vision and progressive difficulty in speaking and swallowing. If left untreated, the progressive paralysis can be fatal.
Under no circumstances should the recalled items be consumed. Seymours is requesting that consumers return the items to the store for refund or exchange for another product. If you have consumed one of the recalled oils and think that you may be experiencing one or more symptoms of botulism, seek medical attention immediately.
For answers to any questions about this recall, consumers are invited to call the Seymours Customer Careline at 01603 446522.